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New research suggests that social media is becoming a "common problem" in Irish marriages, according to The Independent.

Over 3,000 clients took part in a survey in Maynooth over two years which discovered that both men and women find social media and technology "behaviour" causes difficulties in marriages and relationships.

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service maintains that constant access to technology and phones has taken away the "cooling off" period following an argument.

The Accord has commented that it will alter it's service to accommodate the issue following couples' feedback.

Bishop Denis Nulty, president of Accord and Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, said: "Social media is a huge issue. Pope Francis spoke about this at Croke Park and we need to be digitally conscious."

He elaborated on why the results are vital for the organisation; "We're dictated by gadgets so being clued-in is important."

On the removal of the "cooling-off" period he said: "When you send a text, a tweet or a Whatsapp message, there's no way of pulling it back, and it causes huge heartache for everyone involved."

"As we shape our marriage preparation courses in the future, we'll be taking this into consideration," Bishop Nulty mused.

"We have a low divorce rate in Ireland, and I would like to keep it low. I have no doubt people in Ireland still take marriage very seriously."

16,048 individuals attended the Accord's marriage preparation courses across the nation in 2018, which was down almost 800 from 2017

Accord counsellors separately provided 24,180 counselling sessions to individuals and couples during 2018 throughout the whole island of Ireland, which was less than that of 2017.

The bishop attributes some of the drop in figures to couples attending different private counselling services.

Other "problem areas" included unresolved arguments, inappropriate behaviour during arguments and dissatisfaction with their sexual relationship.

75 per cent of clients who saw data reviewed claim that their relationship improved following counselling.

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I'm sure we've all told our parents how embarrassing we think they are, how they mortify us beyond the valley of shame for merely existing.

Normally most of the things they do genuinely aren't embarrassing, we're just being dramatic.

In this case, however: one Twitter user explained a genuinely unfortunate mishap which happened when her mother was selling a wardrobe… and it's HILARIOUS.

Sophie Eke captioned the image: "Nice one mum", with texts from a buyer who reportedly could see her poor mums' boobs in the mirror of the item up for sale.

The buyer texted Julie saying: "Hi Julie, I don't mean to sound rude but just thought I'd let you know as I noticed straight away… the photo you uploaded of the wardrobes, I'm unsure if its what I think but it seems that there are some boobs in the mirror!"

"Sorry just wanted to let you know xxx"

Thank God, her daughter didn't upload the full X-rated image, but the tweet has since gone viral. It has been retweeted over 28k times and has over 100k likes, our mums would MURDER us for this.

We wonder what Julie thinks of the whole thing?

We hope she finds it funny, otherwise she might be pretty damn mad (understandably) with her daughter for putting the tweet up about her in the first place. 

It just goes to show, be careful what you put on the internet gals, and maybe check your photos for any nudity BEFORE you upload them?

Feature image: kickassfacts.com

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Okay, we are all going to have to stay perfectly calm here, if that's possible. We haven't stopped jumping around for joy at the thought of more Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean in our lives. 

That's right, Netflix' big teen romance flick of the year, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is getting a SEQUEL. *wheezes*

All levels of chill have officially been abandoned, because this is what we've been waiting for ever since Noah Centineo became the internet's new boyfriend with one simple phrase; "Whoa, whoa whoa."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that P.S. I Still Love You is "one of the first movies being discussed" as part of Netflix and Paramount Pictures' brand new deal.

For anyone who has read the books by Jenny Han, the book is actually part of a trilogy. Meaning that there are pages and pages of sheer love-themed EXCELLENCE waiting for us, and for Netflix, to crave.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the final book in the series, and we've already ordered it online so we can fangirl, *ahem*, we mean research the series, for work purposes only…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You may remember that our pal Lara Jean sent five letters originally, and we met each of them except one; John Ambrose McClaren from model UN.

We're guessing that he will make an appearance in the sequel, and maybe cause some mischief between Lara Jean and Peter. Jenny Han has written that McClaren sparks a friendship with the protagonist by writing her letters.

"There’s so many things in the second book that I would love to see in a sequel," she told Indiewire.

"The whole reason why I wrote a second book was for the character of John Ambrose McClaren, who is a fan favourite, and he’s a favourite of mine too."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Susan Johnson, the director of the first movie, told Entertainment Tonight; We're so invested in Peter and Lara Jean, that seeing them go through struggles is going to be hard but also something everybody can relate to,"

"The next shiny face comes in and you're like, 'Oh shoot, this guy's really nice too. What do I do?'" LJ & Peter might just hit some trouble in paradise.

Our favourite new shining star Lana Condor confirmed that she and the rest of the cast are definitely up for a sequel;

 "I would love to. I haven't heard of anything official, but I've heard some very positive things," she said. "I think it all comes down to if people watch the movie and if they're vocal about it in a positive way. So, we'll see. I would love to do a second and a third one."

"Noah, Israel, Janel, everyone — we all talked about wanting to start the second one immediately after. So, we're definitely on board." YAS NOAH.

And breaketh the internet they did, fans all over the world were petitioning for two more films straight after the initial one was released.

Now that's dedication to the ship.

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Let's talk about boob sweat, shall we?

Very, very few of us are immune to it, and the vast majority of us have spent more time than we'd like to admit marvelling at the sheer amount of sweat our bust can generate.

Whether it's following a hot shower, due to an ill-fitting bra or because the weather is more pleasant than you're generally used to, your boobs can sweat. 

And they can sweat hard.

Considering this, it's perhaps no surprise that the internet has gone wild for the Ta Ta Towel –  a creation which seeks to cool a woman down in the bust area.

 

Has anyone checked these out yet?!! The #tatatowel it's for #boobsweat y'all!

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Touted as a 'patented solution to your boob sweat problems', the good folk behind the creation insist it's great for nursing or during pregnancy, perfect for prep before a big night out or ideal for lounging in.

Available in three sizes (yep, you guessed it, S,M,L), the Ta Ta Towel is currently the talk of the internet.

 

My ladies with DD…I know you'll understand.#TataTowel

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"I need one of those!" wrote one enthusiastic Ta Ta Towel fan while another remarked: "I have no words for that. Although #swoobies is my new favorite word."

It's our favourite new word too.

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You know the deal. You have a sh*tty Internet connection in your house, and when you try to post the cutest photo ever of your dog, Instagram fails you.

You try again, but nope, 'FAIL' just keeps popping up. 

No one will ever see your cute dog… SMH.

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However, the social media app is testing out a feature which will eliminate the need for a strong Internet connection.

Many networks like Netflix and Amazon Prime have already rolled out this new feature, which has gained a great amount of popularity since it won't eat up all your data.

According to a report from the Facebook Developers Conference, Instagram will try to use the same method, especially in countries with dodgy Internet connections.

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According to Mashable, the developers said: "Instagram’s mission is to help people connect through shared experiences. 

"For people in low-bandwidth regions, we’ve begun testing offline experiences that keep the Instagram experience consistent and let people consume and engage with content, even if they don’t have service.

"In this talk we’ll introduce some of our initial explorations into offline features, and share learnings you can apply to your own apps."

All they need to do is take a trip down to the midlands and they'll see what a dodgy connection is all about!

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Internet trends are a funny thing.

From charity trends like the Ice Bucket challenge and the #NoMakeupSelfie, to the pop culture ones like the Kylie Jenner lip challenge… it seems like once a topic is 'trending', many of us will succumb to it.

However, this latest one is probably the most stupid we've seen in a while.

A meme started floating around about two weeks ago, which gave you instructions on how to break your thumb ligament.

Why someone would want to do this – for absolutely no reason whatsoever – we don't know, but lo and behold, people actually started to break their thumbs.

And then tweeted about it:

Just don't do it.

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If this generation is haunted by anything, it’s got to be that infamous blue and black/gold and white dress.

And now, just as torn friendships begin to heal, Twitter has released a new chameleon item of clothing to deliver us another near lethal dose of chaos.

After social media user @positivedemi tweeted about a troublesome pair of flip-flops, people began to question whether the shoes involved were black and blue, white and gold, blue and brown or gold and blue.

Just like the dress and the jacket which followed it, the flip-flops have produced conflicting results.

 

 

And so – in a statement which has the potential to convince some members of the public that they are actively losing their minds – the company who make the flip-flops have revealed that they are in fact…blue and dark blue.

Go figure!

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Like a great many Americans, Margot Gerster has spent much of the week feeling pretty disillusioned by the result of the presidential campaign which saw Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States.

And while countless Americans found their spirits momentarily lifted by Hillary Clinton's inspirational concession speech, Margot was fortunate enough to have a one-on-one with her in the wake of her shock defeat.

Taking to Facebook to share the moment with the public, Margot explained that she had been hiking with her baby daughter in New York when she bumped into Bill and Hillary Clinton walking their dogs.

"I've been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday's election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking," Margot wrote in a post which has been liked a staggering 107,000 times in just 13 hours.

"We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing. As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was."

Explaining the impact Hillary's campaign has had on her as a mother, Margot added: "I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her."

"She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk. Now, I'm not one for signs but I think ill definitely take this one. So proud."

Unsurprisingly, Margot has been inundated with comments from people all over the world who were touched by her impromptu meeting with Hillary.

"This is amazing!!! Can't wait for the shot 30 years from now when your daughter gets the chance to run for president because of the work Hillary did!' wrote one."That's gonna be an incredible before and after shot."

We're with them on that one.

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It’s one of the UK’s most popular online retailers, but that doesn’t mean Missguided is going to bow down to any standardised definition of beauty.

Having previously awarded Amber Rose and Pamela Anderson the coveted Mega Babe of Missguided title, the clothing giant has revealed 88-year-old Internet sensation Baddie Winkle as the face of its latest campaign.

Despite having been born in 1928, Baddie is both an unlikely and ideal fit for the brand.

 

My campaign with Missguided launched today, check it out!!! @missguided #baddie4lyf

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She has been described by the site as a “true icon” who inspires others to “wear and be whoever they want, ignore the basics and always, always stay wild”.

Check out Baddie’s badass campaign below:

 

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The Internet has provided us with so many optical illusions in recent months it’s hard to remember what worries we had before Twitter began to torment us.

But – as was seen with the dress that broke the Internet – it’s often the most simple illusions which cause us humans the most bother.

In the box below there’s a white grid covered in grey lines – OK so that much is obvious – but sitting upon those grey lines are TWELVE little black dots.

Now you probably think we’re raving but as you look around the box you’ll begin to see dots you hadn’t seen before, but as you find those new dots the original dots which caught your eye will probably disappear.

According to Cosmopolitan and the guy who kicked off this latest round of torture, your brain simply will not allow you to see all of the dots at once.

So before you really do spend your entire night chasing dots, have one last glance and accept that some mysteries are just not meant to be solved.

 

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The vast majority of us check if a bar has WiFi before we go trawling through Facebook for the best shot of our latest Tinder date, and if they're a no-go on that front, we simply resort to 3G – no biggie.

Unfortunately for patrons of The Gin Tub in the UK, this is no longer an option as the bar's owner, Steve Tyler, has made the decision to cut off his customers' internet connection in an effort to re-ignite traditional pub culture.

By applying silver foil and copper mesh to the walls his bar in Hove, Steve headed his customers off at the pass by preventing them from using 3G when they realised Wi-Fi wasn't an option.

"I just wanted people to enjoy a night out in my bar, without being interrupted by their phones," he told Sky News. "So rather than asking them not to use their phones, I stopped the phones working."

And while electronic jamming devices are illegal, Steve's approach to reception interference is based on a method by physicist Michael Faraday, and is somewhat of a legal grey area.

Commenting on The Gin Tub's unique approach to patrons spending the night staring at their phones, a spokesperson for Ofocm said:" Unlike jammers, Faraday cages don’t proactively cause interference, although they do interfere with mobile reception."

According to a report in The Metro, The Gin Tub's experiment is going down a treat with customers, and those who are in dire need for a quick surf on the world wide web simply step outside if necessary.

You go, Gin Club…we think.
 

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Why look! It's a lovely-looking Finding Dory lamp… I'll just switch it on – ahhhhhh! Truly the stuff of nightmares. 

At least that's what one unsuspecting individual discovered recently.

Yes, Imgur poster benjaminknight said the innocent-looking accessory very almost gave him "a heart attack" when he turned it on.

Sharing before and after snaps on the social media platform, his full caption reads: "Bought this cute Finding Dory lamp to give to my friend's daughter… almost gave me a heart attack when I brought it home and turned it on."

And suffice to say the 'after' snap is oh-so terrifying – a faintly glowing ghoul-like skull structure that surely would do anything but send a little child off to sleep.

Eeeek!

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